Kurzfilmtournee 2021

Pannónia Dicsérete/ Land of Glory

Germany 2020 • fiction film • Hungarian w. German ST • 27 min.
German Short Film Award in Gold in the fiction category of more than 10 to 30 minutes
Director: Borbála Nagy
Screenplay: Borbála Nagy, Judit Anna Banhazi
Camera: Moritz Friese
Sound Design: Tamás Bohács
Editing: Dunai Laszlo
Cast: Hanna Angelusz, Kunert Mandula Lujza, Marton Horvath, Nyary Luca, Nora Rainer-Micsinyei, Eszter Tompa, Peter Janklovics, Zsuzsa Farago, Iringo Reti, Julia Fazakas Wagner
Production: German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB)

A school somewhere in Hungary. An average literature class with averagely ill-prepared pupils. A seemingly normal day, except that a visit by the Hungarian Prime Minister is coming up. The school secretary, the master of the party, tries to keep everything in her control. Especially the celebration cake, which doesn't fit in the fridge. While the kitchen staff has to solve this problem, 17-year-old Márti, who is supposed to give the welcoming speech, reluctantly prepares her little revolution.

Jury Statement
An oversized celebration cake in the shape of the Hungarian state is decorated. Paprika and salami find their place, but Lake Balaton is still a little too small. The hustle and bustle in a school increases to welcome the prime minister. While the busy school secretary tries to organise everything and keep it under control, the unmistakable image of disintegrating patriarchal structures is revealed in the person of the superfluous headmaster.
Through the well-dosed use of striking symbols, figurative metaphors and hidden irony, the director paints a striking picture of society. With a fine sense of authenticity and multi-layered narrative structures, she leads her main protagonist, the schoolgirl Márti, to rebel.
The film resembles a parable that renegotiates the burning issues of our time. In doing so, Borbála Nagy manages to transfer the superficially caricatured events into a European dimension. A great short film with a clear commitment to honesty and civil courage!

Borbála Nagy

Borbála wurde in Ungarn in einer Tänzerfamilie geboren. Während ihres Studiums an der Fakultät der Filmwissenschaften in Budapest entstanden ihre ersten Kurzfilme. Später war sie als Journalistin tätig. 2011 verließ sie ihr Vaterland aus persönlichen und politischen Gründen. 2012 begann sie ihr Studium an der Deutschen Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin in der Fachrichtung Regie. Zurzeit entwickelt sie ihren ersten Langspielfilm.